4 steps to zerowaste

recycling basket
1.  Have a recycling basket:  baskets provide a natural feel.  They are priced well at Ross, if you can find one in stock.  World Market has affordable ones too.  Recycle tins, aluminums, glass, bottles, cans, cardboard, junkmail, newspaper.

2.  Curbside collection or dropoff:  Most cities provide recycling collection.  If not, you can google recycling centers in your local area.

LDPE3.  Separate LDPE:  LDPE is greenspeak for low-density polyethylene and is the soft plastics that come with just about everything: grocery bags, packaging for food, chip bags, candy wrappers, granola bars, dry clean bags, dvd/cd shrink wrap, tape, ziploc bags, saran wrap, etc.  Make a space under your kitchen cabinet to collect LDPE.  Check with your local grocery store and ask if they recycle these soft plastics with grocery bags.  Vons and Sprouts have confirmed that they accept these materials.

worm compost
4.  Begin a compost:  turn your food waste into fertilizer for plants.  Vermicomposting aka worm composting is the easiest, in my opinion, and here is how to make one.  After 6 months of composting, we notice that our soil looks and feels rich and fertile. Wild sprouts started growing from our compost!